Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. GD is an independent, non-political organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life.
The Eighth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21th, 2015, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.
On this day, role models from across the country – including parents, educators, athletes, Senators, former and current Members of Parliament as well as international business and thought leaders – join thousands of volunteers to make the day possible. In Canada, role models will speak with youth across the country from Nunavut to British Columbia with the aim to instil a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. Within this year’s theme, “the many faces of dignity”, students will be able to explore several facets of dignity.
Our partners from last year include the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, TakingITGlobal, Right To Play and The Heroa Project: dedicated to working with youth to realize the hero that lies in everyone. Overall, it is our hope that by acknowledging existing inequalities, students will see that they have the ability to impact and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices, thereby promoting awareness and a social consciousness during a key time in their development.
The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity.
The dignity approach works on all levels: it works for children and for adults, it works for men and for women, and it works on the micro and macro level.
Global Dignity is an autonomous non-profit, non-criticism and non-partisan initiative. We wish to be inspiration-based: commending and encouraging best practice and dignity-centered leadership. The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:
1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.
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At a Dignity Day session, facilitators – people who make the Dignity Principles their own – go into schools and talk with the pupils about dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health workers, bankers… in short, anyone that want to see young people become their best self can be a role model.
A typical Dignity Day session lasts about two hours. The facilitator usually starts by telling his or her own story about dignity. Then, the children are asked to define dignity in their own words. After discussing the Dignity Principles, the children tell their own stories in front of the class. Finally, they typically write a letter to themselves stating what they want to achieve for themselves and others through dignity. A year later, these letters are sent back to the students.
Please download the complete Facilitator’s Guide for more details on hosting your own Dignity Day event. To hold a quick dignity day session, consult the Global Dignity Day Canada Express Guide (each session within takes less than 30 minutes with very little prep time).
Everybody has a unique dignity story about themselves, a person, event or place. As part of Global Dignity Day Canada, we’re asking you to submit your dignity day story to share with students across Canada and from around the world. It is our hope to showcase many of these submissions with the support of our National Role Models at the Global Dignity Day Canada National Capital Event in October.
By sharing our stories, we hope we can better understand each other, our experiences and why its important to live with mutual understanding, respect and compassion for ourselves and everyone around us. Please download the guidelines to submit your unique story and share what dignity means to you!
This year Global Dignity has embrased the “less. more.” campaign. Print and share or style your social media profiles with these campaign materials to show support and help spread the word (click to view, right-click to save).
Want to help spread the word about Global Dignity Day and show the world your support for a great cause? Right-click and save either of these badges and add them to you web site or blog! We'd appreciate it if you could link the images back to us too.
We've also got a great "Faces of Dignity" poster you can download here to print out and post at work or school!
This video has been produced to give you as a voluntary facilitator a brief introduction to Dignity Day and your role and responsibilities. Introduction by Global Dignity co-founder His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.
The Mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.